March 5, 2018 | News



Traces of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family at the Atlı Köşk

Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is hosting the exhibition ‘A Dynasty at the Bosphorus: Traces of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family at the Atlı Köşk’ featuring a selection of photographs and objects from the family’s past. The exhibition, opened on 17th of February, is organized in connection with the Museum’s series of conferences on the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family members’ life stories, architectural legacy in Istanbul, and influences in Ottoman Empire’s and Turkey’s art and culture.

Muhammad Ali Pasha (known in Turkey as Kavalalı Mehmed Ali Paşa) who was sent to Egypt first as a military commander and later as a governor soon established hiscomplete hegemony over the region and opened a new epoch in its history always maintained relations with Istanbul, and his descendants followed suit.

Atlı Köşk, designed by the prominent contemporary architect Edoardo De Nari in 1925, on the order of Prince Muhammad Ali Hassan and which now hosts the Sakıp Sabancı Museum affiliated to the Sabancı University hosts today an exhibition reflecting the daily life and history of its original owners, members of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Dynasty. This exhibition of photographs and personal belongings of the members of the dynasty of Muhammad Ali Pasha of Egypt in the Prince Muhammad Ali Hassan Mansion, now known as “Atlı Köşk” (Mansion with the Horse), itself a legacy of the same Dynasty, which once left its mark on Istanbul bears witness to the golden age of the family. The memorabilia of the family, which was among the prominent actors of Istanbul’s daily life and cultural environment in the nineteenth century when tradition and novelty were intermingled and whose influence on social life extended to the years of republic shed a light on the family’s past as well as providing a glimpse of the country’s history.

February 17,2018 – April 29 2018.

Sabancı Üniversitesi Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi Sakıp Sabancı Cad. No:42 Emirgan 34467 İstanbul


Louis Kahn Re/Framed

with Photographs by Cemal Emden

The exhibition Louis Kahn Re-framed with Photographs by Cemal Emden focuses on the architectural and artistic works of Louis I. Kahn – architect, thinker, artist, and an “architectural guru” who is considered among the leading figures of 20th century architecture. Curated by Müge Cengizkan, the exhibition brings together drawings and photographs of architectural works from Pennsylvania, where Kahn lived, worked, and lectured – to Dacca and Ahmedabad, as well as his paintings and unique interviews. The exhibition’s focus is based on photographs that reframe Kahn’s buildings through themes such as “constructing the ground” and “kneading the program.” It also offers new insights into Kahn’s ideas through his visionary writings, which have been translated into Turkish for the first time. The exhibition features video interviews with Middle Eastern Technical University graduate architects and instructors who had been Khan’s students in the States. For this first Louis I. Kahn exhibition in Turkey, the selection includes charcoal and Khan’s color drawings and paintings as well as his own writings and books in an attempt to frame his intricate personality.

December 7, 2017 –  March 7, 2018

Pera Museum ,Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34430 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul


In Fact

The Elgiz Museum presents an exhibition of 17 works in various media, includng photography, sculpture and video. There are pieces by notable artists, including Cindy Sherman, Erwin Wurm, Volkan Kızıltunç and TUNCA. The show focuses on the concept of representation in the current post-truth era.

December 5, 2017 – April 30, 2018

Elgiz Museum, Beybi Giz Plaza, Maslak 34398, İstanbul


Kara Kum

Nil Yalter

This solo presents new work from Nil Yalter, a pioneer in the French feminist art movement of the 1970’s. After delving into the urban transformation of neighbourhoods in Paris, New York, and Lyon, she turns her sights to Istanbul and the neighbourhood of Haskoy. This show consists of installations, videos, photographs, canvases and performance, with a name inspired by the material transformation of burnt sand into black, as witness at a Haskoy foundry. Yalter’s work investigates darkness and closure through a lens of art, science and mythology.

March 9, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Galerist, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 67/1, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu



To celebrate their 20th year in the same space, Galeri Apel is hosting an exhibition comprised of previously displayed work. With a rotating roster of participating artists and a re-imagined layout, Nostospektif draws from old and new work to create an ever-changing portrait of nostalgia. The show flows with memory-logic, and encourages looking back even as it looks forward.

Some of the featured artists include Yasemin Aslan Bakiri, Aydan Baktır, Şeyma Reisoğlu Bobaroğlu, Güler Güngör, Yücel Kale, Ayfer Kalsın, Gülsün Karamustafa Kurucu Koçanoğlu, Julie Mardin, Canan Pak, Maria Sezer, Erhan Şermet and Bahadır Yıldız.

November 7, 2017 – April 7, 2018

Galeri Apel, Kuloğlu Mh., Hayriye Cd. No. 5, Beyoğlu 34433


Plural Istanbul Media

Though this is not a comfortable age for journalists in Turkey, the new exhibition at DEPO celebrates the rich cultural history and pluralism of the printed word. Gathering together a plethora of newspapers and journal from various cultural groups in Istanbul, this exhibition offers a social perspective on the importance and scope of media. The pieces of display include Jamanak, Istanbul’s oldest newspaper dating from 1908, El Emaneser, the world’s only weekly publication in Ladino, Jineps, a Circassian publication, a 25-year-old Kurdish literature journal called Nubihar, and Istanbul’s oldest Greek (Rum) newspaper, Apoyevmatini.

This exhibition is organized by Bulent Bilmez from the History Department of Istanbul Bilgi University.

February 23, 2018 – March 18, 2018

DEPO, Tütün Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12, Tophane, Istanbul


Beewax is the Elbow Grease of Bees

The sculptures of Osman Dinç emphasise their raw materials, which include steel, aluminum and stone. The exhibition takes its name from an installation that consists of 100 aluminum containers filled with beeswax, and the meaning draws from the materials themselves. Through a minimalist approach, the artist aims to make visible the invisible interactions we have with the world around us.

February 10, 2018 – March 28, 2018

Pi Artworks Istanbul, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi No. 48, Beyoğlu


Scent And The City

A hint of coal and cologne or saffron and linden lingering in the air can transport you, even to ancient Anatolia. The new exhibition from Koç University’s Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM), curated by Dr. Lauren Nicole Davis, invited visitors to discover past civilizations with their noses. More than 50 scents, such as frankincense and agarwood, create an olfactory picture of past worlds. The exhibition draws from literature, rituals, traditions, and the economy to build an impression of Anatolia as it once was.

This project was previously exhibited between

January 6, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Erimtan Archaeology and Art Museum, Kale Mah. Gözcü Sok. No.10, Ankara, Turkey


Creating the Moon Anew

Abidin Elderoğlu

This exhibition celebrates the work of Abidin Elderoğlu, a mid-century Turkish artist known for his paintings. Featuring work in oil and charcoal along with sketches for his abstract paintings. The ‘plastic musicality’ the artist was so fond of in his work can be found through his use of shadow, light, density, and lightness in his paintings.

January 18, 2018 – March 18, 2018

Dirimart Nişantaşı, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No. 7/4, Nişantaşı



A Byzantine City in Anatolia

One of the most important cities in Byzantium described in the light of recent excavations.

November 15, 2017 – March 15, 2018

10–12, 2–5

Bosphorus University Byzantine Studies Research Center, Byzantine Studies Research Center, Bosphorus University, South Campus Lojman No 8, 1st floor, Bogazici University, Bebek Mh., 34342 Beşiktaş



To mark its second anniversary, PerformIstanbul is kicking off a live durational performance piece that will last for 28 days. That’s 672 hours straight, with no break. Curated by Simge Burhanoğlu and featuring 9 performances by 10 different artists, the ongoing performance allows the option to attend to individual performances or to drop in regularly throughout the month.

Participating artists include AslieMk, Batu Bozoğlu, Ebru Sargın, Ekin Bernay, Gülhatun Yıldırım, İ. Ata Doğruel, Leman S. Darıcıoğlu, Özlem Ünlü and Selin Kocagöncü.

February 16, 2018 – March 16, 2018

Tickets are available at Biletix and can also be purchased at the entrance of the venue. Weekly entrance fee for adults is 25 TL and monthly entrance fee is 80 TL, allowing multiple entrances to the venue. There is no admission fee for students.

Performistanbul Live Art Research Space, Hacımimi Mah. Dibek Sok. No: 32 Galata / Beyoğlu


Nardis Jazz Club March 2018

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but every night can roar at Nardis. The line-up this month is excellent, with a welcome mix of old favourites and new treats.

We’re ready to feel the funk with What Da Funk on March 2, a group led by a pair of young brothers that features some of Turkey’s most talented musicians. March 5 brings bebop to the Nardis stage, as the Bebop Project performs tunes by giants like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, along with original compositions.

The show on March 12, featuring the London-based Marco Marzola Trio featuring Darrell Green, promises to be a thrill. Their long-standing interest in international music and blues guarantees an eclectic performance.

March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

 e-mail to make a reservation.

Nardis Jazz Club, Kuledibi Sokaka No. 14, Galata, İstanbul


Istanbul Recitals: Tobias Feldmann & Boris Kusnezow

The March offering in the ongoing Istanbul Recitals series brings a piano and violin duo to The Seed. Renowned German violinist Tobias Feldmann teams up with Russian pianist Boris Kusnezow for a programme of Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel and Strauss.

March 13, 2018 20.00

The Seed (Sakıp Sabancı Museum), Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan, Istanbul




Fahrelnissa Zeid

Retrospective in cooperation with Tate Modern, London

The retrospective ”Fahrelnissa Zeid” introduces one of Turkey’s most important pioneering modernists to an international audience. Although Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) travelled extensively, exhibited internationally and influenced a younger generation of artists in Europe and the Middle East during her lifetime, this will be the first major retrospective dedicated to her work. ”Fahrelnissa Zeid” is a celebration and a revelation of an artist who lived a fascinating life and made some of the most important works of her time. Fahrelnissa Zeid traces the artist’s career from the first works she made in Turkey, through Zeid’s engagement with the d-Group, her later experiments with abstraction and, finally, her return to figuration. Her large-scale abstract works from the late 1940s-1960s form the heart of the exhibition. The show focuses on how Zeid’s practice both related to and diverged from international art movements. It also re-evaluates her work in relation to her nomadic subjectivity to create a clearer understanding of her aesthetic preoccupations, the individuality of her abstract vocabulary and the specificities upon which this depended.

October 20, 2017 – March 25, 2018

KunstHalle by Deutsche Bank, Unter den Linden 13 / 15 10117 Berlin


Talent Unlimited, March 2018

First half:
Aleksei Demchenko, piano
Chopin – Etudes No 10, 11 & 12 from op. 25
Shostakovich – Sonata No 1 op. 12

Second half:
Krzysztof Moskalewicz, piano
Szymanowski – Mazurkas op. 50 no.1 and 4
Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Rachmaninov – Etude-Tableaux Op.39 No.6 in a minörMarch 19, 2018

Monday at 1pm

Free event

St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL